Normally there are three Mercury retrogrades in a year but this year we have a fourth one beginning Dec 16th. Mercury retrograde periods help you begin the process of reassessing and balancing things in your mind but other times, but often you start the period off with tons of anxiety. All previous Mercury retrogrades this year have occurred in earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo) and yet another one (back to Capricorn) so what is the theme here? The key theme has been the reevaluation of the foundations of our lives. And throughout this reevaluation process, we’re hopefully learning some lessons and truths. It’s easy to continue the same routine out of comfort or codependency and not access the potential underneath the surface. But working hard on our difficult emotions may eventually bring us the courage and strength to understand what is truly possible. A new or different foundation can be made or a different meaning to an existing foundation can be found.
Mercury is retrograding back into the early degrees of Capricorn and will pop out into the late degrees of Sagittarius when it goes direct. It will shortly afterwards go back into Capricorn for another month which will be the time to begin to sow what we have learned and desire. Capricorn is also the institution so it will be interesting to see what happens during the next few weeks.
If you’re not feeling good about how you carried out your plans this last year, take advantage of the next couple weeks to reexamine completely and possibly throw out ideas or things that haven’t been working for you. There is never a lost opportunity in astrology and we are routinely given chances to start anew. If we work hard with an everlasting commitment to whatever it is we want to manifest, 2017 can be a totally new beginning.